[Full Guide] How to Move Steam Games to External Hard Drive

How to move Steam games to external hard drive? This article provides two methods to transfer steam games, including Steam built-in functions and third-party mobile software.


By Dervish / Updated on May 12, 2023

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Help! How to move Steam games to external hard drive


I want to move my Steam games to an external hard drive, and I know that the copy and paste method won't work. Is there any other way? Please tell me what to do, thanks!"


Generally, there are several reasons why people may want to move their Steam games to an external hard drive:

✦ Running out of storage space: Steam games can take up a lot of space on a computer's hard drive, especially if the computer has a small or limited amount of storage. Moving games to an external hard drive can free up space on the computer's hard drive for other files and applications.
✦ Portability: If someone wants to play their Steam games on multiple computers, moving the games to an external hard drive allows them to take their games with them and play them on any computer with Steam installed.
✦ Backup: An external hard drive can serve as a backup for Steam games in case the computer's hard drive fails or is replaced.
✦ Speed: Some people may prefer to install their games on an external hard drive with faster read/write speeds than their computer's hard drive, which can lead to faster load times and smoother gameplay.

Overall, moving Steam games to an external hard drive can provide more flexibility, storage, and convenience for gamers. Can you install steam games on external hard drive? Don't worry, please continue to read.

(2 ways) How to move Steam games from PC to external hard drive

Now, I will show you two great ways to move Steam games to an external hard drive step by step.

 Method 1. Move Steam games through Steam Settings

First of all, connect your external hard drive to your computer and make sure it is detected by your system. Then, you can follow these steps:

Click on the "Steam" menu in the top left corner of the client and select "Settings."

In the Settings window, click on the "Downloads" tab and then click on the "Steam Library Folders" button.

Click on the "Add Library Folder" button and choose the external hard drive as the location to create a new library folder.

Once you have added the new library folder on the external hard drive, close the Settings window.

Now, right-click on the game you want to move in your Steam library and select "Properties."

In the Properties window, click on the "Local Files" tab and then click on the "Move Install Folder" button.

Select the new library folder you created on the external hard drive as the location to move the game files to.

Click "Move Folder" to begin the process of moving the game files to the external hard drive.

Once the game files are moved, you can delete the original game files from your PC to free up space.

Repeat steps 7-11 for any other games you want to move to the external hard drive.

Note: You can also select the external hard drive as the default installation location for all new games in the Downloads settings, so that any new games you download in the future will be installed on the external hard drive by default.

▶ Method 2. Move Steam games with apps transfer tool

With Steam Settings, you can only move a Steam game at a time. If you want to move multiple games, you need to repeat the operation, which is taking time.

I hope you can use AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional to move Steam games to external hard drive. It is a full-features applications transfer tool that can move Steam games or non-Steam games to an external hard drive without losing data. And, it offers a graphic user interface that allows you to perform various operations with just a few clicks.

In addition, there are other powerful features you can try, such as, allocating free space from one drive to another, fixing bad sectors on external hard drive, initializing external hard drive, defraging external hard drive to making it run faster, etc.

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Step 1. Install and launch PA Professional, click the partition on the disk, then select the “App Mover” from the right menu.

Click App Mover

Step 2. In the new window, click “App Mover”. You can also move folders to a different drive if you need.

Two Options

Step 3. In this window, select the disk where the Steam is located, and then click Next.

Step 4. Check the applications you want to move, you can select single or multiple selections. Then select the drive where you want to move to, and click Move.

Step 5. Read the prompts carefully, click OK and Move.

Bottom line

How to move steam games to external hard drive? This post provides two methods, you can choose one according to your needs. If you need to move applications or folders with App Mover feature on Windows Server, please turn to AOMEI Partition Assistant Server.

Dervish · Staff Editor
Dervish is an English editor of AOMEI Technology; He is delicated to offering users easy and effecitve solutions for issuses related to disks and partitoins. In his spare time, he enjoy wathcning films, playing footable, traveling and so on.